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Symbolic IO IRIS eyes market opportunity in persistent memory storage

Source:  miakievy/istock
Designer: Linda Koury

By changing how binary bits are processed, Symbolic IO may have uncovered a way to reimagine in-memory storage.

The Holmdel, N.J., firm came out of stealth to bring its computational-defined storage to market. Symbolic IO claims its Intensified RAM Intelligent Server (IRIS) storage infrastructure can shrink the footprint of data stored in RAM and quickly rehydrate it intact as needed.

With IRIS, Symbolic IO offers a new way to encode binary data in server RAM. In short, IRIS creates and recreates data in real time upon a user's request. The process moves storage processes in front of the CPU, freeing computation from a dependency on underlying storage media.

IRIS deconstructs blocks of decoded raw data, dividing it into a plurality of data vectors. Each vector is mapped to a bit marker table in RAM, ultimately producing an encoded representation of the original raw data.

Data is decoded by retrieving mapped bit markers, combined with data vectors and other blocks to produce a decoded raw data composite. To recreate data, IRIS recalls the blocks and applies a proprietary algorithm contained in the Symbolic IO Conversion Engine.

The Symbolic IO platform is a 2U commodity server with modified BIOS intelligence to accept nonvolatile memory as storage. Three IRIS hardware modules are available, starting with the IRIS Compute building block.

The IRIS Store version scales to 1.8 PB of usable flash storage, while IRIS Vault comes with a proprietary multimodal application-specific integration circuit for physical security and an NVMe backup engine. IRIS Vault also features a trauma sensor, which detects if a device has been damaged and automatically renders data unusable to unauthorized users.

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